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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Bears' shakeup won't include Lovie Smith

By Kevin Seifert

It appears the Chicago Bears will stop short of a complete overhaul after firing general manager Jerry Angelo early Tuesday morning.

The team announced on its website that coach Lovie Smith "will remain as head coach and continue to evaluate his coaching staff." Smith is under contract through the 2013 season, as was Angelo.

The Bears have called a late-afternoon news conference to discuss Angelo's departure. Regardless of what the Bears decide for Smith in 2012, nothing will change the fact that he will soon be working for a general manager that didn't hire him. That's not typically a recipe for long-term security among NFL head coaches.